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washing machine issues

i have kind of an old washing machine, its not THAT old, more like 6 years or so i would say, anyway lately every time i pull cloths out of the dryer they smell musty like they were sitting in the washing machine too long, and anything white has spots all over it like grayish spots and even some of my pants come out with like soap spots on them or something. is there a way to like run baking soda or bleach in a cycle with no cloths kind of like you do to clean your coffee pot? do i need a new washing machine?

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disheveled

Asked by disheveled at 12:59 PM on May. 22, 2009 in Home & Garden

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  • Run a cup of bleach and a normal amount of detergent through in a hot water cycle. The bleach will kill the mildew (the gray spots you spoke of) and the detergent will help loosen up remaining mildew so it goes out with the empty water. You should do this every month or two. Also, if you can (if it's safe around your kids), leave the washer door open so it dries better between washings.
    SWasson

    Answer by SWasson at 3:14 PM on May. 22, 2009

  • Run vinegar and baking soda through the machine. Be sure to leave it open after you empty it.
    rkoloms

    Answer by rkoloms at 4:41 PM on May. 23, 2009

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